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A DIARY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION By Gouverneur Morris

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For the first time, the unexpurgated diaries which the statesman and diplomat of Revolutionary fame kept during the years of the French Revolution. He was Minister to France during those days of terror; and with Franklin was the outstanding American in 18th century Europe. His was a ministry which involved tactful handling of the problems of the debt, efforts to interest various countries in colonization in the new America, careful balancing of the relations with France and England -- and all of this comes into his diaries. But the general surface impression is a social and human one -- he quite fancied himself with the fair sex -- he knew everyone -- and the Paris political and social roster appears in these pages. His sympathy, while on the side of liberal policies, was with the monarchy, and his Diaries end with the execution of the king in 1793. His great-granddaughter has done a skilful bit of editing, and the result is an urbane and entertaining human document.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin